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and thanks for joining us. i'm randi kaye. we start with the presidential election two days away. they seem to be trying to squeeze every last frequent
of attention to ohio. >> they sure are. >>> saturday, november 3rd. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm victor blackwell. thanks for starting your morning with us. >>> the emphasis on the election took a back seat brought on by superstorm sandy. both candidates put the talking points in their back pocket. but now with just three days left, the candidates are back on the trail with the talking points at the ready. we also have our correspondents spread out throughout the battleground states to bring you more on the election and the final push for both candidates. >>> let's step away from the map and let's get to the message for a moment. paul steinhauser is live in harrisburg, pennsylvania. paul, really a flurry of activity and travel for president obama and governor romney. what is their message for these final three days? >> victor, it's interesting, both of them have the same message. change. they're saying it in different ways. you're hearing a lot about change as they crisscross the campaign trail in the final days. both were talking about the message yesterday, last night in ohio. take a listen. >>
reacting to the death of "dallas" star larry hagman. it is saturday, november 24th. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm victor blackwell. thank you for starting your morning with us. >> we begin in tahrir square this morning where hundreds of protesters have been arrested during anti-government dmem k. demonstrations angry with their president over his new power grab. >> opposition leaders say he is now more powerful than former president hosni mubarak ever was. this week, leaders around the world praised him for brokering a cease fire between israel and hamas. . >> more now on his new powers and the anger it spurred. >> if anyone thought egyptians were tired or weary of protesting after two years of demonstrations, all you had to do was look at cairo's tahrir square on friday and it was clear that's not the case. the demonstrators appeared to be as determined as ever and this time they're going after their current president. outrage, clashes, and anguish in tahrir. thousands of angry egyptians back in a public square that has become the arab world's emblem for the democratic right to protest. this w
doing it? find us on facebook or twitter. "cnn saturday morning" with randi kaye continues right now. >>> from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, this is "cnn saturday morning." battling over benghazi, lawmakers are furious. the president is standing his ground. and there is still no one in custody. all morning, we're putting the conflict and the players in focus. on the brink of war as fighting escalates between israel and hamas, experts say there will likely be a lot more bloodshed before the violence stops. and it's the gaffe that has some republicans shaking their heads. why mitt romney says obama won because of the gifts he gave. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. it is 10:00 on the east coast, 7:00 a.m. on the west. we start in gaza this hour, as people there have to fear death from above. israeli war planes have been relentless in their attacks on targets in gaza. they are hunting rocket launchers, but dozens of civilians have been killed as a result. the latest round of this conflict started wednesday, and there is no end in sight. sarah sidener is in gaza city for u
that fight for america's freedom. sfwlimplt good morning. happy veterans day. i'm randi kaye. we start with new details on the scandal that led to the resignation of cia director general david petraeus. >> the woman who wrote the biography was sending harassing emails to another woman close to the cia director that prompted the fbi to investigate. also we know from that source that the investigation led to the discovery of e-mails between broadwell and petraeus that indicated the affair. more details are coming out about the timeline of events and when u.s. officials were notified of the circumstances of this investigation. the fbi informed the director of national intelligence james clapper about the investigation on tuesday night, election night. just as some polls were beginning to close. that director clapper as a friend, colleague, fellow officer and admirer urged petraeus to step down from his position. we know as well from that intelligence source that director clapper informed the white house about the investigation on wednesday and then on thursday the director and -- the ques
try to get them to you when we see you later this afternoon. "cnn saturday morning" with randi kaye continues right now. >> just total, total devastation. >> our hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones. >> we come together in times of trial, and this is one of those times. >> i cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern. >> make no mistake about it, this was a devastating storm. >> we are going to die. you don't understand. you got to get your trucks here on this corner. >> the question of this election comes down to this. do you want more of the same, or do you want real change? >> have you heard him? he's going around saying i'm the candidate of change. except when you look at the policies, they're the same ones that didn't work. >> ohio, you're probably going to decide the next president of the united states. >> you may have noticed that everybody's paying a lot of attention to ohio. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. it is 10:00 in new york, 7:00 in los angeles. thanks for starting your morning with us. we start in the final stretch. there
, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm victor blackwell. thanks for starting your morning with us. five stories we're watching this morning. first up, an extra marital affair has ended the career of cia director general david petraeus. he admitted the affair in his resignation letter. after being married for over 37 years, i showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extra marital affair. such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. michael morell will step in as acting director and he has been deputy director since may of 2010. more on this later in the hour. >>> turning to the economy now. with just 52 days to reach a deal, president obama is set to meet with congressional leaders to discuss the so-called fiscal cliff. both the president and house speaker boehner said they are open to compromise, but tax hikes on the rich are a sticking point. >>> number three, the teen girl shot in the head by the taliban for trying to go to school in pakistan is now walking and reading and writing and smiling. this is new video of malali youssufza
, everyone. i'm randi kaye. 7:00 on the east coast, 4:00 a.m. on the west. we're learning much more about the end of the line for general petraeus. he stepped down as cia director two days ago after admitting to having an extramarital affair. now we know from a u.s. official that the affair came to light during an investigation into e-mails sent by petraeus's biographer paula broadwell. we also have a better timeline. james clapper was informed tuesday evening. the president was told thursday, hours before his face-to-face meeting with general petraeus. there are still questions about why congressional leaders weren't told until friday. but let's get back to general petraeus. an official tells cnn that james clapper encouraged petraeus to step down after learning of the affair. joining me now is rejeve from "the washington post." good morning to you. do you think general would have step dound if clapper hadn't suggested it? >> good morning, randi. i think pe tratraeus faced withs investigation, faced with officials understanding what has occurred between him and his biographer paula broad
now. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> and i'm victor blackwell. 8:00 on the east coast and 5:00 out west. thanks for starting your day with us. starting with some sad news from the entertainment world. as we've been following this morning, the death of larry hagman. his family says at 81 years old he died of complications from cancer. >> you have dishonored my daddy's name and everything he stood for. maybe you and bobby can live with this, but i can't. >> that's the character he's best known for. the j.r. ewing character from "dallas," one of the best known tv characters of the last 30 years really. d "dallas" was a long running hit in the '70s and '80s and you may remember him as major nelson from "i dream of jean any." barbara eden said i had the pleasure of watching the texas tornado that was larry hagman. can i honestly say that we've lot not just a great actor, not just a television icon, but an element of pure americana. much more on larry hagman later in the hour. >>> black friday has come and gone, but the nation's retailers hope the effects will be long lastin
. i'm randi kaye. we begin with the protests in egypt. over night protesters clashed with security forces. this was the scene in dammanhour north of cry row. reza sayah joining us. when can we expect the big one to start? >> reporter: the big one starts tuesday. they're calling for a 1 million main protest on tuesday. that's going to repeat calling for opponents of mr. morsi. but even today there are pro-morsi demonstrated takes place. they're going to be take place in cities outside of cairo. in some of these cities you have anti-morsi protesters as well. we've seen clashes in the early morning hours. they're going to attack the offices of the muslim brotherhood, supporters of the muslim brotherhood. things getting ugly there. the focal point of these anti-government protests remain here in ta rears square. i'm going to step aside to give you a live like look of what tahrir square looks like. most of them peaceful but we're still getting clashes and protests. right below they have set fire to an avis rental car center. you heard what sounded like a stun grenade. >> what you see he
.vitac.com >>> it is sunday, november 25th. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. overnight protesters clashed with security forces. this was the scene in. cnn's reza sayah is live this morning. how far are they actually spreading now? >> randi, the protests seem to be spreading. according to the interior ministry starting last night and continuing on to terrell morning hours, there were protests, demonstrations in the northern city. according to the government officials, they tried to attack the offices of the muslim breerhood and that's when you had clashes between the muslim brotherhood and their supporters and anti-mohamed morsi protesters. there were a number of injuries there. also reports of demonstrations in the city of as yut. i'm going to carefully step aside and have a live look at what the square looks light now. i would say a few thousand people still here and we're continuing see the clashes between the protesters and police this morning. this morning there was fire to try to disperse crowds. why this is taking place in the square, there are a number of moves and decisions being made by opposi
, everyone. i'm randi kaye. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> we start with new details that led to the resignation of general petraeus. a timeline has now come into focus as well as a new investigation that has brought this to light. >> we now know from a u.s. official that it was a complaint from paula broadwell was sending harassing e-mails to another woman close to the cia director that prompted the fbi to investigate. also we know that the investigation led to the discovery of e-mails between broadwell and petraeus that indicated the affair. now, that second woman hasn't been identified, and the official we spoke with didn't know the nature of that woman's relationship with the former director. but more details are. going out about the timeline of events and when u.s. officials were notified of the circumstances of this investigation. a senior u.s. intelligence official tells the cnn that the fbi informed the director of national intelligence james clapper about the investigation on tuesday night, election night, just as some polls were beginning to close and director clappe
pounds this holiday season. >>> it is saturday, november 1th, good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. victor blackwell is on assignment today. we start in the middle east where the fuse is running short on the powder keg in israel. this has become a fairly common sight in gaza this week. meanwhile, militants on the other side have fired nearly 200 rockets into israel. israel is massing troops near the border with gaza. they have 30,000 troops there right now and have called up thousands more reservists to be ready. at least 39 people have died in gaza since the operations began, three have been killed in israel from the rocket attacks. meanwhile, world leaders from the united states and the united nations are calling on both sides to call restraint. israel stepped up the campaign. one air strikes leveled a key palestinian government building. it was the cabinet headquarters. our senior international correspondent sara sidner is there. >> around 3:30 this morning. a massive explosion. we know there have been at least four bombardments that have hit gaza. one of them hit the police hea
suicide. randi kaye profiled another young man who went through so-called reparative therapy with traumatic results. here's his story. >> reporter: when ryan was 13, his mother read his diary and discovered he was gay. that was the beginning of the most painful years of his life. >> for years, i thought that god hated me because i was gay. >> reporter: ryan says his parents were determined to change him. they signed him up for what's called reparative therapy with the national association for research and therapy of homosexuality, otherwise known as n.a.r.t.h. repartive they are therapy aimed at changing sexual orientation has been used for decades as a way to turn potentially gay children straight. >> every day i would hear this is a choice. this can be fixed. >> reporter: did you believe that? >> i never believed that. i know i'm gay just like i know i'm short and i'm half hispanic. i never thought those facts would change. it's part of my core fundamental identity. so the parallel would be sending me to tall camp and saying if you try really hard, one day you can be 6'1".
soon. >> randi kaye is joining us now. behind us you can see one of the national guard vehicles. there are several dozen vehicles here they have been using to patrol through the community here in hoboken and rescue people. they rescued 350 people in the last 24 hours since they have been here. in terms of where you were, any idea when that neighborhood belmar may get relief? >> just before our live hit here, we saw a member of the national guard come by. asked if we needed anything. was checking on the neighborhood. they are looking for relief very soon. it's cold here. they don't have any power. they don't have heat. that's because of the water that is sitting here behind me. still tonight it is four feet deep and it's not going anywhere. as i mentioned ocean avenue is two stop signs down and the water isn't going away with the low tide. it is just sitting here. tomorrow the good news is they are going to bring in massive pumps that can pump out 40 to 60,000 gallons of water per minute. they are going to get started on that. hopefully that will bring the water out and get it to
moos, cnn, new york. >> good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> and i'm victor blackwell. it's 8:00 on the east coast. acout west. thanks store starting your day with us. >> we start this morning with politics and the countdown to election day. there are just three days left, and that means the candidates are going to be busy. this map shows the final stretch for the president. it means six swing states. mitt romney trying to hit eight states in his final push. that includes a stop in new hampshire this morning, and we'll take you there live in our next hour. we've got correspondents spread throughout the battleground states to bring you the latest on the election and the final push for both the candidates. >> now, one of the states where both candidates will be making several stops, ohio. you knew that was coming. cnn's white house correspondent dan lothian is in mentor, ohio where president obama will be campaigning later this morning. dan, the crowds for 2012 have not been as big as the 2008 crowds. big turnout expected for his last campaign weekend though? >> reporter: oh, de
i'm randi kaye. >> i'm victor blackwell. it's 8:00 on the east coast, 5:00 out west. thank you for starting your day with us. >> we start with the shocking revelation from the now former cia director, general david petraeus. petraeus resigned from his post citing an extramarital affair. he had met personally with the president thursday to offer his resignation. the president reluctantly accepted friday. the general's affair was actually uncovered during an investigation by the fbi. the fbi's involvement has raised questions with at least one former cia operative. >> i'm not going to, but there are four or five cia directors that i know were carrying on extramarital affairs while they were director. the fbi was never brought in. the office of security was never brought in. it was ignored. it went away quietly. we'll never know about them. so this is absolutely extraordinary. i'm telling you it's more to do than with sex. there's something going on here which i can't explain and i think we're going to find out very soon. >> petraeus took over as cia chief after a long career in t
. i'm randi kaye. victor blackwell is on assignment. it is 8:00 on the east coast, 5:00 out west. thanks so much for starting your day with us. we start in the middle east. this has become a fairly common sight in gaza this week. israeli planes have been carrying out air strikes over gaza since wednesday. meanwhile militants on the other side have fired more than 200 rockets into israel. israel is massing troops near the border with gaza. they have got 30,000 troops there now and have 75,000 reservists getting ready. at least 42 people have died since the operation began. meanwhile, world leaders including representatives from the united states and the u.n. are calling on both sides to show restraint, but restraint seems to be in short order right now. ourarah sidner is live in gaza with a bird's eye view of the conflict. are you seeing more air strikes right now? >> reporter: absolutely, and in just the past few minutes we could hear the loud blasts of air strikes all night long into morning, 6:00 or 7:00 in the morning, blast after blast after blast and could look into the sky
" star larry hagman. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. it is 10:00 on the east coast, 7:00 a.m. on the west, and here's where we start this morning. larry hagman's family says he was surrounded by family at the end. the 81-year-old actor died of complications from cancer. he's best known for his iconic portrayal of j.r. ewing in the show "dallas." it's a role that he always called his favorite. peter fonda said goodbye to his friend on twitter, saying hagman brought so much fun to everyone's life. cnn entertainment corresponde m correspondent careen winter joins us. i understand that you are at larry hagman's star on the hollywood walk of fame. are people showing up to pay their respects? >> not yet, but you can bet that will change as the morning continues. we are right next to larry hagman's star. still quite early here, so i'm sure there are many people who are waking up just finding out about the sad news. perhaps they're still unaware. that's very popular strip in hollywood. you can bet things will pick up as the morning continues. but you mentioned some of thely in. som
not able to dampen the spirits of people who live there as randi kaye found out first hand. >> if ever this belmar, new jersey, neighborhood needed one, they found one. they call him st. michael. his real name, michael irwin. the last two days, he is boating people two and from their homes, working 12-hour shifts. >> a couple of our neighbors, we got out and their dog, chuck we got out and his dog lucky, and there's a couple other people we have gotten out and other families, make sure they made it to dry land. >> reporter: lucky for his neighbors, michael is a surfer and kayaker, so he had a wet suit, also a boy scout, so he says he's always prepared. this area is known as the eighth avenue neighborhood and the water we're in right now, normally a street, an avenue, about 4 feet deep, so luckily, most of the residents, not all of them, but mote most of them did evacuate before hurricane sandy even hit. irene mccann evacuated to her son's house. but now she's returned, and she needs michael's help to reach her home. >> how much damage is in your home? >> almost to the porch. we have a
or abandoned in the storm. r randi kaye brings us up to date. >> reporter: robert is on the move. on this day, he and his team from guardians of rescue are in staten island trying to find, feed and save pets lost or abandoned during super storm sandy. >> we are going to leave you kitty litter. we will leave you dog food and cat food. >> reporter: robert's team has rescued 100 cats so far. he says residents underestimated the amount of water the storm would bring so pets either drowned or ran far from home to escape the rushing water. of those found -- >> many of them are suffering from stress to start. some of the cats had blood in their urine. some had internal injuries. some of them had exterior wounds. we found several cats with sea water in their lungs. >> reporter: it's a big job which is why robert called on his friend hush, a hip-hop artist from detroit. hush is a rapper but he's also an animal lover, who has helped animal rescue efforts in his hometown. hush's contacts in detroit donated nearly 8,000 pounds of dog and cat food. then he drove 12 hours through the night to new york to h
. fascinating characters. stories with impact. this is "cnn presents" with your host tonight, randi kaye and drew griffin. >> tonight, bizarre crimes of baffling stories of whodunit and a scam targeting your paycheck and mysterious case of two men in florida who simply vanished. >> we begin on a blistering summer day in erie, pennsylvania. by the time the sun had set, one of the most bizarre bank robberies in the annals of the fbi had been committed. a man described by his family as the salt of the earth was dead, and a mystery full of strange twists was about to unfold with this phone call to 911. >> 911. what's your emergency? >> yes. we've just been robbed. >> is anyone hurt? >> no. he just walked out the door. >> august 28, 2003. erie, pennsylvania. within minutes of robbing a bank, brian wells is surrounded by police, cross-legged on the ground and handcuffed. told police he was a pizza delivery man, and he delivered a pizza. the group he delivered it to captured him, he told police, put this bomb on his neck and told him to rob a bank. >> call my mom? >> he asks police to call his
.m. eastern time. it is one to watch early. and randi kaye is live in woodbridge, virginia. good morning, randi. >> good morning, john. we're in prince william county, and virginia likes to think of itself this year as the new ohio. and they mean business. we have seen a steady stream of folks here coming to vote. probably a couple hundred right now. there are 2600 registered voters for the precinct that we're at. they don't have any early voting here in virginia so they are coming out today. a couple things that we're watching are the demographics. it's the old virginia versus the new virginia. the old virginia is republican. religious. white working class. the new virginia is diverse and more urban. that's who helped get obama elected, winning by about 6% back in 2008. we'll also be watching the economy. the economy is fairly robust. 5.2% unemployment. housing prices are going up. the jobs are coming back. mitt romney having a hard time making that same argument. against obama that he has failed in terms of the economy here in the state ofva. and, of course, we'll be watching the senat
win their again it makes mitt romney's job really, really tough. i'm joined now by randi kaye, live in woodbridge, virginia. good morning. >> reporter: it will be an interesting election day here in virginia. no doubt, 13 electoral votes up for grab grabs. people were here about 4:40 a.m. this morning trying to get in. i guess they were expecting long lines because they don't have early voting here in virginia. they have in-person absentee voting. you need a good excuse not to show up on election day. they also have the new voter i.d. law. what's going to be interesting today is the demographics and seeing how they play out. it's the old virginia versus the new virginia. the old virginia is the -- it's very republican, religious, white working class. the new virginia is urban diverse. that's what helped get obama elected here by 6 percentage points back in '08. also the economy. people will be looking at that. this is a robust economy in virginia, 5.2% unemployment. we'll see how that plays into all of this as well. john? >> all right, randi kaye, live in virginia. polls close at 7:
, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm victor blackwell. thank you for starting your morning with us. here's five stories we're watching this morning. >>> number one, the lights are starting to come back on for some families in the northeast, but not fast enough for others. five days after the storm, more than 2.5 million customers are without power across 15 states ask d.c. it could be another week before power is fully restored while people have been lining up for hours just trying to get gas. many gas stations are still out of commission. >>> and new york mayor michael bloomberg has canceled the new york marathon for the first time in its 42-year history. people were outraged by his earlier decision to go on with the aftermath of the storm. it wouldn't divert resources but says in a statement that the race had become controversial and divisive. >>> number three, we're down to the last three days before the election. president obama and mitt romney campaigning across several key states this weekend. both candidates will be in colorado, ohio, iowa and virginia while romney also makes some stops
right now. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm victor blackwell. 7:00 on the east coast. 4:00 out west. thanks for starting your morning with us. >> we begin this hour with the downfall of general david petraeus. president obama accepted his resignation as cia director yesterday. petraeus cited an extra marital affair as the reason for stepping down. joining me now is cnn intelligence correspondent suzanne kelly. suzanne, good morning. i know you've had a busy couple of days here. so, how is the intelligence community processing this? have they made any sense of it yet? >> i think it will take days for that, randi, for a couple of reasons. just a shot here in washington. if you had polled the top minds in washington a week ago and asked them about david petraeus, they would be more likely to talk about future career ambitions than what was going on outside his marriage. that was such a stunner yesterday. not only did david petraeus step down as head of the cia, but admitted to doing so in a letter that he wrote to employees at the cia and i think, you know, processing so
morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. victor blackwell is on assignment. 7:00 on the east coast and 4:00 out west. thank you for starting your day with us. we start this morning in israel where troops are massing on the border with gaza this morning. the move comes days after back and forth bombardments. israel has launched dozens of air strikes while militants in gaza have fired nearly 200 rockets into israel. we are on both sides of the border in the line of fire. our sara sidner is in gaza city. let's go to southern israel where israeli tanks are on the move. the israeli defense forces say at least 30,000 troops are being mobilized along the border with gaza and thousands more are getting their marching orders. as we said, cnn's frederick is live along the border. you have been on the front lines there. what type of military activity are you seeing? >> hi, randi. a lot of military activity going on here between the border area between gaza and israel. we just had armored vehicles come through here and moving in closer to the border. of course, a lot of people believe that israelis must la
>>> bottom of the hour now. welcome back, everyone. i'm randi kaye. thanks so much for starting your morning with us. victor is on assignment. here's five stories we're watching this morning. let's get you caught up on what's happening in the middle east. thousands of israeli troops sparking speculation of a potential ground invasion. the israel defense forces says it's expanding its campaign to stop rocket attacks by palestinian militants. the u.s. and other nations are urging both sides to show restraint. >>> but there were more air strikes and explosions in gaza today and more rockets fired toward israel. >>> in aurora, colorado, details have been finalized for dividing up the $5 million for victims of july's theater shooting. families of the 12 people killed and 5 people who suffered permanent brain damage or paralysis will get 2$220,000 each. six people who spent at least 20 days in the hospital will get $160,000 each. 13 others who spent less time hospitalized will get $35,000 each. >>> in the gulf of mexico, the coast guard is searching for two crew members from an oil pl
by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good morning, everyone. i'm victor blackwell in for randi kaye. it's 7:00 on the east coast and 4:00 on the west. thanks for starting your morning with us. we're starting this hour in the middle east where civilians are living in fear as israeli forces battle hamas militants across the border. for the past five days israel and hamas have fired rockets and bombed one another. israeli hair strikes have taken a heavy toll on civilians in gaza and so have hamas rockets hitting southern israel. there is, though, a hope for a slivg sliver of peace. they're trying to broker a cease-fire. this is what life is like for civilians on both sides. in israel they run for cover when those sirens sound. each siren is followed by an explosion. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu spoke a short time ago. here's what he had to say. >> reporter: the israel defense forces have attacked more than 1,000 terror targets in the zba za strip and it continues at this very minute. it calls for significant blows to israel and its operators who send them. we're exacting it and is
>>> bottom of the hour now. welcome back, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm victor blackwell. thanks for starting your morning with us. here are five stories we are watching this morning. actor larry hagman has died, his family says the 81-year-old died of complications from cancer. we want to hear your thoughts on the passing of larry hagman. tweet us victor cnn 0 ocnn. we'll read some of them at the end of the hour. >> and number two, hundreds turn out to protest walmart on black friday. the group our walmart says it is fighting for better wages and hours for workers and that the company retaliates against employees who speak out against the company. walmart says the group doesn't represent its employees and that only 50 of its workers actually joined that protest. >>> it has been an agonizing week for the family of champion boxer hector macho camacho and now his mother says she will probably decide today whether to take him off life support. the 50-year-old puerto rican boxing champ is brain dead after being shot in the face on tuesday. the gunman and another suspect are still out
for randi kaye. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> we start this hour in the middle east. there's a bit of hope for a negotiated cease-fire. leaders from egypt and france are trying to mediate. for the past five days israel and hamas have fired rockets and bombed one another, israeli air strikes have taken a heavy toll on gaza and hamas. right now israel is keeping open the possibility of a ground offensive. they've got 30,000 troopons the border with another 75,000 reservists being called up. now, i want to show you something that played out live on israeli television just a short time ago. watch this. what you're called is called an iron dome. this is egypt's defensive zone system. they're tracking down two rockets. at the end, the small puffs there, that's the signals of success that those intercepters headed off those rockets. so far israel says a thousand rockets have been fired. hamas puts it at about 900. the constant threat has those in israel in fear. >> reporter: there's another attack, another rocket alert going on. we've got to get out of here. >> go, fred. there you
, a very active investigation. that's it for tonight's show. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm drew griffin. thanks for joining us. >>> i'm gary tuchman at the cnn center in atlanta. here's what's happening. updated reports of texas reveal the multivehicle pile-up near beaumont is worse than originally thought. a texas highway patrol officer tells cnn at least one person is dead, there are multiple injuries. the chain reaction accidents involved an estimated 100 cars and trucks on interstate 10 about 70 miles east of houston. >>> it turns out fewer than a dozen top officers witnessed osama bin laden's burial at sea last year. newly released e-mails of the defense department reveal traditional islamic procedures were followed but none of the officers aboard watched the burial. >>> and here is proof drug smugglers will try anything. australian police discovered roughly quarter of a billion dollars of drugs stashed inside a steam roller shipped in from china and busted a u.s. citizen and a canadian. i'm gary tuchman in atlanta. happy thanksgiving to all of you. next, "cnn presents." >>> tonight on "cn
. i'm randi kaye. it is 8:00 on the east coast, 5:00 a.m. in los angeles. thanks for starting your morning with us. >>> well, it is the final stretch, quite literally. already just two days now left medical election day. millions of you have already voted, but the candidates are doing everything they can over these precious last couple of days to reach the rest of you. trying to get the voters energized and excited about the prospects for the next four years. we have our correspondents spread out throughout the battleground states to bring you the latest on the election and the final push. we start in new hampshire. that's where president obama is making his first campaign stop in just a couple of hours before heading to florida, ohio, and colorado. joining him on the trail again today is former president bill clinton. our white house correspondent dan lothian is live in new hampshire this morning. dan, good morning. so tell me, what is the message from the president in these closing days of the campaign? >> reporter: right. the message that we will hear today is one that we've hea
before investing. >>> it is 29 minutes past the hour. welcome back, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm victor blackwell. a beautiful warm day here in the studio. >> it sure is. >> you follow us on twitter. we have been in negotiations over the temperature in the studio. >> i win. >> it's like nairobi in here. it's like 106 degrees. >> i can't help it. i like it like that. >> i'm cloaked in wool. here are some of the stories we are watching this morning. kicking things off, it's a $7 trillion mix of tax hikes and spending cuts that some fear could tip the u.s. back into recession. i'm talking about the fiscal cliff and it goes into effect just 52 days from now, unless a deal can be reached. both president obama and house speaker john boehner say they are willing to negotiate. but tax hikes are a sticking point. president obama will meet with congressional leaders on the issue next week. >>> and in florida, it is all over, but the vote count, as the state tries to finalize its tally of the presidential election. unofficial results are due to the secretary of state by noon today. cnn ha
. here's randi kaye. >> reporter: mike rioux can't go to the grocery store without making a list even for just one item. he can't drive without gripping the steering wheel so hard his knuckles turn white. and he can't stand longer than 30 minutes because of severe back pain. this is mike rioux's life post-afghanistan. >> i need to discover who i am again. i'm not asking for help for the rest of my life. i want to feel like i matter. >> reporter: mike's wife maggie says her husband returned from war a shell of the man he once was. gone was the fun loving, free-spirited laid-back guy he used to be. war, she says, changed him. he still has ringing in the ears from explosions. he also suffers from vertigo, headaches and has terrible anxiety. we saw it firsthand during our interview. mike was so anxious he could hardly sit still. we met at mike rioux's mother's house near phoenix, arizona, where he, his wife and daughter have been living for the last year and a half. maggie and their daughter share a bedroom, and mike sleeps every night on the living room couch. what is it like for you at
-bye. >> i'm viktor blackwell in for randi kaye. >> i want to start this hour with something we heard from israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu this morning. we are prepared for a significant expansion of the operation. he is talking about the possibility of ground troops going in behind the air strikes on gaza. israeli war planes have been hammering gaza city for the past few days. ham whereas militants inside gaza have been pirg back matching israel bomb for bomb with their rockets. that has sent civilians scrambling for cover. our frederick plankin is live in southern israel, and i can see that you are standing there with something over your shoulder, a part of israel's iron dome missile defense battery. how active has that been today? >> well, viktor, it's been very active. it's actually right over there. what this system consists of, it's obviously got a battery of rockets, and i also got a very sophisticated radar system. what that radar system does is it constantly scans the horizons and constantly scans the skies. when it sees something come up like a rocket welcome back a fra
meineke. >>> welcome back to cnn sunday morning. i'm randi kaye. here are some of the stories that we're watching right now. today is expected to be one of the busiest travel days of the year. pack some patience. nearly 2.5 million thanksgiving holiday travellers will be catching a flight back home. millions more will be on the road. triple-a projecting 43.6 million americans are traveling during this long holiday weekend. that is, three million more than last year. >>> in washington one person is in critical condition after being injured in a fire at the state department. three others were also hurt. it's unmn what actually sparked the fire. it seemed to have started many some duct work. construction crews working in the building put it out. >>> a big animal rescue operation out of tennessee now. in fact, it may be the state's biggest. firefighters were responding to a brush fire on thanksgiving when they found 65 dogs chained up at this property. all needing food and water and, of course, medical attention. it's believed they were being kept for some illegal dog fighting because aut
. aspercreme. >>> welcome back, i'm rand randi kaye. first up, an extramarital affair ended the career of general david petraeus. after being married for over 37 years, i showed extremely poor judgment. such behavior is unacceptable as a husband and as a leader of an organization such as ours. michael morell will step in, he has been deputy director since may of 2010. turning to the economy, with just 52 days to reach a deal, president obama is set to meet with congressional leader this is week to address the so-called fiscal cliff. the president and house speaker boehner signaling their open to compromise, but tax hikes on the rich remain a ticking point, and today is declared malala day. this is new video of malala recovering at a hospital in london. you see her there with her father. he got a outpouring of support. today marks one month since that attack. number four, people made home less by superstorm sandy are finding relief. fema set up a camp to help thousands of people affected. fema officials say sand sandy vs will be moved into better housing this weekend. and the ceo of waf
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